Bocelli Family Winery
Visiting the historic Bocelli estate for the first time, one canâ€™t help but be struck by the pastoral beauty of the farm itself, and also by the humble, countryside origins of a talent now famous across the globe. Located in Lajatico, a quintessential Tuscan town near Volterra, the familyâ€™s 20 hectares of vineyards sit perched on a ridge between two wide, meandering rivers and are surrounded by medieval forests. A short walk down the road is the Officine Bocelli, the sleek wine bar designed by Alberto Bocelli that also doubles as an art museum. And on the far side of the village, the windswept Teatro di Silencio (the Theatre of Silence) waits on its ancient hillside for the single day each summer when Andrea returns to perform in his home town.
For almost 200 years, the Bocelli’s have crafted classic Italian wines on their small single estate. Beginning in the 18th century, they were mere sharecroppers on the property of the noble Corsini family. On March 21, 1831, however, Gaspero Bocelli used all his savings to liberate himself and became a landowner. Acquiring the small Poggioncino parcel for the sum of 1000 scudi, he began growing Sangiovese. 7 generations later, Alberto and Andrea Bocelli have revolutionized the cellar, transforming their family farm into a world-class winery that blends the past and present. Needless to say, the two brothers have embarked on various other paths over the years. Alberto earned his degree in architecture, and Andrea studied in law prior to his career as a world-renowned tenor. Over time, however, the estate has remained a center of gravity for both and, Renaissance men to the core, they have struck upon the perfect balance of art and science with their creations.
Andrea and Alberto Bocelli
While both Alberto and Andrea enjoy successful careers outside of wine, neither has forgotten their rootstock, and their historic farm near Volterra remains a wellspring of family pride and inspiration. Since 1831, generations of Bocelliâ€™s have left their fingerprints on bottles, and these two brothers have elevated wine to an artform.
Beginning in 2010, the Bocelli’s also began making wines in close concert with a small group of friends to produce a broader array of everyday offerings (Bocelli Family Wines collection). For instance, the family has partnered with a collective of small, organic farmers in Scansano (southern Tuscany), where the Sangiovese is famous for its expressions of wild, dark cherry. Also, in the northeast Veneto, Alberto and Andrea have teamed up with Salvatore Lovo to create their pitch-perfect Prosecco and Pinot Grigio. True to form, these non-estate vineyard sites remain hand-harvested and earth-friendly, and average just one bottle per plant.
If there is one thing that Andrea, Alberto, and their family love to do, it is to share their special brand of Italian culture with friends around the world. Whether it is the music of â€œLa Boheme,â€ or the wine of la dolce vita, they understand the art of living well. That is why, for the very first time, they have partnered with other exceptional growers to produce Bocelli Family Wines â€“ wines that express the unique pleasures, and character, of Italy; wines that they enjoy at their own table.
For the Bocelli family, these wines are not a â€œproductâ€, or an endorsement (they donâ€™t do endorsements). Instead, all of the wines are personally produced and selected by Alberto and Andrea Bocelli and their partners, and are of exceptional quality and provenance. From estate-grown, single cru wines with just a few hundred cases made, to their immensely pleasing partner-grown selections, Bocelli Family Wines combines three of Andrea and Albertoâ€™s favorite things in life: music, wine, and la famiglia.
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